Mission, Vision, & Statements of Faith
The following mission, vision, and principles govern and guide all facets of Providence Academy:
The mission of Providence Academy is to minister to families by partnering with Christian parents to provide for their children a classical education founded upon a Biblical worldview so that these children may commence a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and understanding in their purposeful and passionate service of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God.
Dedicated to co-labor with parents in equipping the next generation for Christ-centered leadership.
Statement of Faith
Families and Staff must be in agreement with the following Statement of Faith that guides the ministry of Providence Academy:
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired and the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15, 16, II Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, John 10:30, John 10:37-38, I Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 4:6)
We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35, Hebrews 4:15, John 2:11, Hebrews 9:12, Colossians 1:14, John 11:25, Acts 1:11, Revelations 19:11-16)
We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential and an absolute necessity for his salvation (Romans 3:19, 23, John 3:16-19, Ephesians 2:18-19, Titus 3:5-6)
We believe that only by God’s grace and through faith alone we are saved (John 3:16-19, 5:24, Romans 3:23, 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)
We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Ephesians 4:30, 5:18, I Corinthians 6:19-20)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they who are saved unto eternal life and they who are lost unto eternal damnation (John 5:28-29)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28)
We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God (Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-2)
This ministry's Statement of Faith is fundamental to basic Christian tenets and contains those doctrines to which we unreservedly adhere and teach. It is our desire to maintain this position and to do so in all fairness to each family. In honoring this desire concerning the outreach of this ministry, there shall be no attempt made by parents, students, staff, or school board members to promote or disparage any doctrinal or denominational beliefs, practices, or positions regarding issues upon which the ministry itself has assumed no official stance. Included are denominational positions regarding:
Time and mode of baptism
Security of the believer
Timing of future events
Second work of grace – baptism of the Holy Spirit
Gift of the Spirit – tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, miracle working, discerning of spirits
We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ, avoiding the dissension that may be caused by denominational distinctives.
Love and Glorify God as He is revealed in the Holy Bible. “Jesus replied: `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:37-38). “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17). “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). The Holy Bible is our standard of truth and final authority for faith and practice in all matters relating to this ministry. Our chief aim is to love and glorify God through everything we do.
Help Fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). The governing imperative verb of Christ’s Great Commission in Matthew’s gospel is “disciple” or “make disciples.” Members of Christ’s churches, therefore, are commanded to make disciples among all peoples by “going, baptizing, and teaching.” They are to do so in the confident assurance that all authority is given to Christ and that always He will be with them. This ministry seeks to build up the body of Christ by cooperating with Christ’s Great Commission purpose, encouraging all men, women, boys and girls to be both personal disciplined followers and public character witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ everywhere they go.
Affirm, Encourage and Equip Parents in their God-given opportunities and responsibilities. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:5-7). The first two instructions to God’s people after the original giving of the Great Commandment was that they (1) keep God’s commandments in their hearts and (2) teach those commandments in their homes. Parents are God’s first plan, His single most effective agents for spreading the Gospel to children and discipling young believers. The vast majority of Christians come to a “saving faith” in Christ when they are children, under the influence of their parents; furthermore, the successful sharing of a parent’s faith and values is best facilitated when actively-involved parents take the time, make the opportunity, and employ the tools needed for developing close, loving, and nurturing relationships with their children. Whether the issue is instilling positive traits (e.g.. respect for authority, personal integrity, honesty, dependability, loyalty, and commitment) or avoiding negative consequences (e.g.. teenage suicide, substance abuse, adolescent violence, sexual promiscuity, and teenage pregnancy) parents must take their proper place on the front line. If the influence of parents ever breaks down, the cost will be measured in lost souls. The percent of children who come to faith later in life is so small, and the consequences of a negative, neglected childhood are so great, that the positive influence of parents early in life must command our utmost attention and priority.
Educate with Excellence in a Christ-centered environment. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24). Children, like their Lord, are to keep “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Likewise, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding” (Pro. 3:13). Also, “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; instruct a righteous man and he will add to his learning (Pro. 9:9). If we are to teach and instruct students “as working for the Lord,” the standard of our performance can be nothing less than excellence.
Integrate Home and School in age-appropriate ways throughout the curriculum design and student activities. A Christian, University-Model® school exists to assist parents with the modern-day difficulties of preparing their children for college while also recognizing and supporting the parents’ unique role in communicating their faith and values. For parents to succeed in their all-important task of discipleship, it is essential for families to experience meaningful time together. Traditional school systems, by their very structure, tend to rob parents and students of this most precious commodity. UMS gives time and access back to parents in exchange for their commitment to be academically and relationally involved with their students outside of class according to the college-preparatory, curriculum design. Such involvement, when lovingly and joyfully administered, leads to greater opportunity for parents to succeed in teaching their most important “subjects” which are faith, hope, and love. This good-faith partnership between parents and teachers makes home and school integration for a family-strengthening, quality education both possible and practical.
Reach Out to Other Communities. God’s blessings are for the glory of His name and the enrichment of our world. If an educational approach, such as university-model schooling, can successfully demonstrate that a high quality, college-preparatory education can be provided in a manner that also protects and even enhances the roles of parents in the discipleship of their children, then it is right and proper to do everything possible to communicate that approach with anyone who needs and wants it. As this ministry experiences God’s blessings, therefore, it will be about the business of sharing those blessings with “the world.”